Speed LImit 35 - What Gear Ya In.

Discussion in 'Dyna Models' started by DDogg, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. DDogg

    DDogg Junior Member

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    I'm posting this under the Dyna's becase I ride a FatBob. The answers to this post will probably be different depending on your engine and mod's done. I ride 15 miles one way to work with 8 miles of the ride at 35 miles an hour speed limit. I'm usually with traffic in 3rd gear doing 35 but when traffic is moving we are doing 40 and I shift to 4th. Back and forth, back and forth. Would you just keep it in 3rd and cruse to 40 to 45? I do not have a tach. But telling what gear your in is easily done with speed. I don't want to lug the engine but at 40 to 45, it seems I'm exceeding the rpm's for 3rd gear. My bike rides great in 4th gear doing 45. But at 40mph it seems I'm lugging the engine. I hate 3rd gear. In 3rd gear, what's your crusing speed? When will you shift to 4th gear knowing your going to be kicking it back down to 3rd?
     
  2. DDogg

    DDogg Junior Member

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    I see you have a Street Bob. You'll cruse at 35 in 2nd gear?? Again, I don't have a tach, so I'm not sure what rpm's I'm at. What is your crusing speed in 3rd gear?
     
  3. DDogg

    DDogg Junior Member

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    O.K. Hobbit, another question. When coming up to a light and your in 4th gear, do you downshift to 3rd to slow down or do you come to a complete stop and then kick it down to 1st. Curious. If I'm not stopping suddenly, I'll usually let the downshifting slow the bike. But is this a good thing???
     
  4. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    i would be in 3rd
     
  5. Flashback

    Flashback Active Member

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    I always use my engine brakes (downshifting) unless doing an emergency stop i hate break jobs hehe. And I agree with Hobbit 2nd or 3rd at 35
     
  6. threesteps

    threesteps Junior Member

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    On my bike, Third gear. Tach shows 2200 or so. Fourth gear would put me close to lugging the motor.
     
  7. albe

    albe Member

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    DDogg- like you, I have a Fatbob and needed the same info and TQuentin1 found a posting for RPM vs speed for our 6speed trans. helped me out alot as it will you too i'm sure. Just type in RPM in search box and you'll find it.
     
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  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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  9. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    On the downshifting aspect I am learning some by readig this post.I didn't realize anyone coasted to a stop and then downshifted.On any manual transission I have had four wheels or two I have always downshifted according to speed to keep engine R.P.M. at a level I am comfortable with. It has always been my opinion that if you keep your engine at the proper R.P.M you can power out of a potential problem.I will use this example,if you are coasting to a stop in third gear,clutch in and look in your rear view to see a car coming way too fast how are you going to power out of it to take evasive action? JMO
     
  10. Retrop

    Retrop Active Member

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    Anytime you have a "sense" that your engine is lugging, drop down a gear. It costs nothing and saves your engine, transmission, clutch and belt. After anyone has been riding for a while, you can "sense: these sort of things.
    I think I remember reading in my manual that the normal shift points were 15mph, 25, 35,45,55 and 65. These are just recomendations and your own personal riding habits could differ. Nothing is set in stone, ya know.